Sandra Wright-Esber is the Interim Director of Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) at the MetroHealth System (MHS) in Cleveland, Ohio since May of 2012. She has worked for the MHS for thirty years and has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner there for twenty-eight years. Most of her work has been in the high risk neonatal nursery but she has also worked in the pediatric ambulatory clinic. She has been an International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2011 and will be opening a PNP-led lactation clinic in August of 2015.
Sandy is very involved in attaining full practice authority for all APRNs in Ohio and has been on the Full Practice Authority committee of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses for the past two years. Legislation for this important issue was recently introduced in Ohio as House Bill 216, the APRN Modernization Bill. She completed an IRB approved research project entitled “Safety and Efficacy of Reiki Therapy for Neonates at Risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome,” that will be submitted for publication shortly. She recently presented for the Northeast Ohio Women, Infant, and Children’s regional conference of the topic of “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Basics.”
She is a member of, Advanced Practice Provider Executives, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Mu chapter at Case Western Reserve University chapter. At MHS, Sandy is the chair of the Advanced Practice Provider Council, chair of the APRN Recruitment and Retention committee, and creator and chair of the Family Friendly Breastfeeding Initiative. She was nominated for the Ohio March of Dimes APRN of the Year award in 2014 and was nominated for the MHS APRN Excellence in 2014 and 2015 and was nominated for the MHS Nursing Transformational Leadership award in 2014.
Sandy completed her MSN at Drexel University in Philadelphia and also has a Master of Arts (MA) degree in religious studies with a bioethics focus from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her MA thesis is entitled “Philosophical and Theological Solutions to Health Care Disparities.” Her Bachelor of Arts degree is from John Carroll University and she received her PNP certificate training from Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital.
Sandy is a runner, bicyclist, organic gardener, vegetarian, avid reader, and quilter. She is passionate about moral philosophy, environmental issues, and is an aficionado of classical guitar, Mitsuko Uchida, and jazz from the 1930s and 40s.